naviarhaiku389 – The ocean in June

The ocean in June:
Inhaling and exhaling,
But never speaking.


Regarded as the father of contemporary haiku, Masaoka Shiki was a poet and literary critic during the Meiji period Japan.

He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. His advice for an aspiring poet was, “Use both imaginary pictures and real ones, but prefer the real ones.”

Seven days to make music in response to the assigned haiku: to participate visit

Deadline: 23rd June 2021

haiku by Masaoka Shiki

picture by Mathyas Kurmann

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